Asteroid Updates: NASA Admits To Miss A Rock Hurtling Towards For Earth

Asteroid hits atmosphere over the Caribbean

A small asteroid reached Earth and NASA absolutely nothing about it knew.

NASA's Hammer (Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response) craft is meant to be able to steer huge rocks away so they will not crash into Earth.

NASA has confessed to a spotted asteroid hurling to Earth only hours before it reached the earth's atmosphere. But "close" in space is a relative term: At the closest point in their passage, all three of today's asteroid visitors will be farther from Earth than the moon is, according to CNEOS.

The approaching asteroid has been identified by CNEOS as 2019 GT3.

The asteroid that snuck past Earth, 2019 OK, is between 57 to 130 meters in diameter making it as big as a second tallest statue in the world - the Spring Temple Buddha in China. Computer-simulated awful footage produced by the Discovery Channel for the Miracle Planet documentary series in 2008 shows the effect a huge asteroid would have if it struck the Earth. As indicated in the agency's database, this asteroid is now moving at a velocity of 30,500 miles per hour.

Bennu has a one in 2,700 chance of striking Earth on September 25, 2135, according to the Metro. According to CNEOS, this asteroid was first observed on August 9.

At its closest approach, the asteroid will near-miss the Earth from a distance of approximately 0.00350 astronomical units (au).

The asteroid in question is called '2019 OK, ' and when it was first found, it was not classed as an asteroid near-Earth.

The space rock orbits the Sun on a trajectory similar to Asteroid 1862 Apollo and occasionally creeps close to Earth. Aside from Earth, the asteroid is also known to approach other planets such as Mars and Venus. During this time, the asteroid will be about 0.04996 astronomical unit or roughly 4.6 million miles from the planet's center.

Over 17,000 near-Earth asteroids remain undetected in our solar neighborhood. Consequently, Asteroid RG2 will come dangerously close to Earth tonight but thankfully, it will not rock our planet. Pictured; an artistic illustration of an asteroid flying by Earth.



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